The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has faulted eight audits performed by global audit firm Grant Thornton, citing departures from generally accepted accounting principals as well as problems with evaluating financing costs and rental income. During the eight-month process, the PCAOB said it conducted the inspection at the firm's national office in Chicago as well as 13 of its field offices. As with all PCAOB inspection reports, the audit clients remained anonymous. However, in a letter to PCAOB director of inspections, George Diacont, Grant Thornton took umbrage to the board's use of descriptions such as "failed to identify" and "failed to perform" appearing in the reports. It also stated that it has enhanced its training programs and developed additional guidance to address problems in previous inspection reports. Meanwhile, a Grant Thornton spokesperson said, "While we disagree with the some of the terminology used by the PCAOB and disagree with some of the conclusions that were reached, we support the PCAOB's mission to better protect investors through the reports. We think it is an excellent time for the PCAOB to develop recommendations culled from three years of major accounting firm inspections to establish the most effective approaches to auditing, with the investor being the ultimate beneficiary." Earlier this year the audit overseer released its inspection reports on Big Four firms Ernst & Young and Deloitte, both of whom were cited for audit deficiencies in eight of their clients' audits. The report can be viewed at: http://www.pcaobus.org/Inspections/Public_Reports/index.aspx.

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